Art, music & dance light up Aug. 7 Art Walk

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From hands-on group painting and live music at ArtWhole Studios, to original works, performance art and live ballet at The Creamery Arts Center, First Friday Art Walk is packed with summer fun in August. Join us 6-10 p.m. Aug. 7 in 22 participating galleries. Among the highlights:

 • ArtWhole Studios offers studio owner Chet Burgtorf’s new photography series Colors of the Caribbean, plus new works by artists Scott Green, Sarah E. Splitter and Allen J. Miller. Participate in a group painting, and enjoy music by Moonhoney and appetizers by Twilight Grille.

Bodhi Salon & Spa welcomes photographer Carmelita “Carmi” DeLeon, who got her start shooting collegiate sports and now does everything from portraiture to commercial work.

The Creamery Arts Center presents Opening an Art Gallery – Arts in the Park Exhibition, featuring the work of young artists from the Springfield Community Center with a special guest appearance by the Springfield Ballet.

Elite PhotoArt features Artist Gary Adamson, a painter and caricaturist, and Photography by Edward Biamonte, best known as head photographer and photo editor for 417 Magazine.

Fresh Gallery presents Painter Ann Meese and Jewelry Artist Elaine Willig.

Global Fayre presents Baskets of Botswana, featuring museum-quality baskets hand-woven by the women of the Beyei and Hambukushu tribes in northern Botswana, plus a Kiva Awareness Evening on the Kiva micro lending program that aids entrepreneurs and alleviates poverty worldwide.

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building features Artist David Cogorno, a sculptor whose work “is a study of our interactions with spaces (and within them).”

Randy Bacon Gallery shares the deeply moving experiences of grieving families in the Lost & Found Photo Exhibit.

For parents who want to attend Art Walk but think they can’t afford child care, think again! Family Art Night at the Downtown Y offers child care for ages 3 months to 12 years, 6:30-9 p.m. every First Friday for only $10 per child. Kids enjoy healthy activities and snacks, story time and a hands-on art project to take home. The Aug. 7 arts activity is Rainbow Fish. Call (417) 862-8962, ext. 149 for information or to preregister. Full details of the Aug. 7 Art Walk appear in the August Gallery Guide below.

August Gallery Guide

ArtWhole Studios, 408 W. Walnut, features studio owner Chet Burgtorf’s new photography series Colors of the Caribbean, plus new works by artists Scott Green, Sarah E. Splitter and Allen J. Miller. Guests will once again have a chance to take part in our monthly group painting, because at the ArtWhole, “group stuff is great.” Enjoy the gypsy tango stylings of Moonhoney and appetizers from Twilight Grille. For more information or to make an appointment call (417) 866-7929 or email us at

Big Smile Photography, 207 Park Central East, features international award-winning wedding and portrait photographer Jeremy Lawson’s creative lifestyle wedding and portraiture work. Big Smile displays Jeremy’s one-of-a-kind portrait and wedding images from local events, as well as events from around the world. (417) 527-2885 Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F and by appointment

Bodhi Salon and Spa, 431 S. Jefferson, Ste. 106, presents cross-genre photographer Carmelita “Carmi” DeLeon. Carmi began her career as a collegiate sports photographer in the early 1990s when she fell in love with the camera and its ability to capture the beauty of the human spirit. Over the years Carmi has expanded her focus to include family and animal portraits, nature, engagements, reunions and commercial photography, including work on a historical shoot of power equipment for Cadet Connection Magazine. Her philanthropic endeavors include serving as an official photographer for the MS150 Bike Tour. (417) 864-4399 Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m. M-F; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat

The Creamery Arts Center, 411 N. Sherman Parkway, presents Opening an Art Gallery – Arts in the Park Exhibition 6-9 p.m. during Art Walk, with a special guest appearance by the Springfield Ballet. Arts in the Park, now in its eighth year, is a summer arts education program for 86 students from the Springfield Community Center. Come see their creations in pottery, painting, costume design, film, photography, puppetry and performance art. Springfield Ballet performs at 7 and 8 p.m., offering a mixed bill of classical ballet excerpts, as well as original contemporary ballets staged and choreographed by Springfield Ballet faculty and guest faculty Charlotte Hart. (417) 862-ARTS (2787) Open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F; closed major holidays

DB Design Salon & Art Gallery, 326 S. Campbell, presents Featured Artist Cyndilee in August. In addition to Cyndilee’s acrylics, DB Design also features works by painters Debbie Sutherland and Jerry Ellis, potters John Ehlers, Duane Bone, Cheryl Matlock, Julia Schaefer and Katrina Stevens, jewelry artists Jill LeGrand and Tammy Kirks, and stained-glass artist Nathan Smith. (417) 864-4343

Elite PhotoArt Fine Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., features Artist Gary Adamson. Gary is a painter and caricaturist and is based in Springfield. He majored in art at Drury University and holds an MFA from Fontbonne University, St. Louis. ( Also featured is Photography by Edward Biamonte. Edward will display some of his landscapes and fine art. Edward also serves as head photographer and photo editor for 417 Magazine. ( Elite PhotoArt will also feature hand-crafted jewelry by Big Nose Creations, pottery by Bari Precious, artwork by Ammie Cyr, Nancy Rose and Jay; and photography by Larry Daniel, Katia Lee, Dwayne Hillme and Gallery owners Will and Lisa Roberts. (417) 569-3322 or (417) 234-7761 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Sat or by appointment.

Fashioned By Jaye, 212 S. Campbell, features a joint show of Digital Artwork by Kourtnie Putnam and Jaye Coltharp. (417) 862-4100 Open Noon-7 p.m. M-F; 2-7 p.m. Sat

Fitzwilly’s Gifts & Antiques, 308 South Ave., is a longtime downtown retailer featuring antiques, gift items and collectibles. Its monthly art exhibits emphasize unique sketches and paintings by talented local artists. (417) 866-3696 Open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. M-F, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat; First Friday hours 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

Fresh, located at the southwest corner of Campbell and Walnut, presents Featured Artists Ann Meese and Elaine Willig in August. Ann, a painter, fell in love with art early, majoring in art at MSU in the ‘60s. After a 35-year career as an educator and administrator – and raising four children – Ann has returned to her passion. “Creating a painting is a small journey,” she says. “At the end of that journey, what remains on the canvas is an impression that evokes a variety of feelings for me. I hope you enjoy the images that I share.” A jewelry artist, Elaine says color is paramount in her work, which incorporates a wide range of materials. “Working silver and shaping unique gemstones, and using the most flexible beading materials, my designs come from precious metals, vintage glass, crystals, handmade beads, gemstones, silver, gold, copper and brass.” (417) 862-9300 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Th; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. F-Sat

Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East, presents Artist Rosalie Perryman. Rosalie’s intent is to capture the beauty and details of nature by painting from her photographs, creating intense and vibrant watercolors. Photography is a passion, and the love of nature and the ability to see and to capture nature in art is her inspiration and joy. Besides her visual art pursuits in photography, watercolor, oil, acrylic and digital mediums, Rosalie is also a performing artist as a marionette cabaret-style puppeteer. Rosalie has owned and operated RLP Puppet Company for 30 years and the Jubilee Theater Center in Marshfield for 12 years. (417) 863-7843

Global Fayre, 324 S Campbell, presents Baskets of Botswana, featuring museum-quality baskets hand woven by the women of the Beyei and Hambukushu tribes in northern Botswana. These baskets are created by 24 women that form the Etsha Weavers Group. They have many years of weaving experience, a skill that has been passed down for generations. Global Fayre also presents a Kiva Awareness Evening during the August Art Walk. Kiva connects people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe. (417) 873-9792 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-W, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Th-Sat, 1-5 p.m. Sun or by appointment

Good Girl Art Gallery, 325 E. Walnut St., Ste. 101, presents local artist Chad Woody for the month of August. Chad’s show, Dolls for Devils consists of highly imaginative prints, drawings and sculptures reflecting Chad’s exploration into the sometimes dark and humorous caverns of the human mind. Also showing will be paintings by fellow Springfield artist Misty Ware. (417) 865-7055 Open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sat

Hawthorn Galleries Inc., 214 E. Walnut St., presents Painter Dan McWilliams. With his unique blend of impressionistic realism, McWilliams “extracts the spirit of his subjects while illuminating the transient nature of light and color. Evoking nostalgia, his paintings stir emotions and memories for the viewer.” Meet the artist and enjoy live music by Ron Preston at the opening reception during Art Walk. (417) 866-6688 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 1-5 p.m. Sat

Inveno Health, 429 N. Boonville Ave., displays new and vibrant work by local Painter/Printmaker Stephanie Cramer, whose colorful work pairs perfectly with the amazing facility architecture and design by Obelisk Home. Venture north of the square in August to the galleries at Inveno Health and Obelisk Home. We might be off the path, but it’s worth the walk! (417) 831-1270 Open 6-10 Art Walk evening or contact us for a tour at

Nonna’s Italian Café, 306 South Ave., presents A Retrospective of Works by Pokey Alrutz, including acrylic abstracts, watercolor paintings, collages, cajas de milagros, coloring books, and tapestries. Pokey has shown in many places in the Springfield area over the years, including her first show at Nonna’s in 1993.  (417) 831-1222

Obelisk Home at the Inspired Commerce Building, 214 W. Phelps, presents Featured Artist David Cogorno. David, who holds a BA from Drury University, is working toward his MFA in sculpture at the University of Kansas. David grew up in St. Louis and has studied and worked in Italy and Peru. “Nature is my escape from the chaos of the world and my greatest source of inspiration. I enjoy venturing out and finding my way through obstacles that confront me; rock formations, dense foliage, bodies of water, etc.,” David says. “My current work is a study of our interactions with spaces (and within them) revealing patterns, inter-relationships, and common themes that attempt to create a unique visual experience.” (417) 616-6488

Park Central Branch Library, 128 Park Central Square, features the post-modern art of Jim Delgadillo and folk singer J.R. Top. (417) 831-1342 Open 7 a.m.-8 p.m. M-Th; 7 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat

Randy Bacon Photography and Figment Art Gallery in the Monarch Art Factory, 600 W. College St., unveils Randy’s Lost & Found Photo Exhibit during the Aug. 7 Art Walk. More than 40 families receiving grief support services from Lost & Found participated in a photo exhibit to share their stories on the journey of grief. Experience their personal stories and photos that reflect their emotional struggles, steps towards healing, and their embracing of a new life that is forever changed. Visit the adjacent Figment Art Gallery & Culture House to view the latest work by house artists Kelly Kennedy, Kat Allie and Abby Waters. For more information, call (417) 868-8179. Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-F; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sat

Rox Stoneworks, 220 S. Campbell, Second Floor, (entrance on McDaniel), the studio of Sculptor Bruce Burnaugh, presents Works in Progress by Rox Studio students and Paintings by James Crafford. ROX Stoneworks is a working studio teaching stone sculpture Sat, Sun and Mon, 9:30-3:30.

Springfield Hot Glass Studio, 314 S. Campbell Ave., is a working hot glass studio/gallery with facilities for furnace, torch and kiln work. Springfield Hot Glass Studio continually displays its current blown glass, beads and fused work, offering live demonstrations on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and First Fridays. Classes are available; please visit our Web site. (417) 868-8181 Open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. M-Th; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. F-Sat

Springfield Pottery, 416 S. Campbell Ave., a fine craft gallery and community clay center, features some of the best examples of fine craft in clay, wood, metal, glass, fibers, photography, printmaking, and jewelry by over 45 local, regional and national artists. (417) 864-4677 Open 11 a.m.-6 p.m. T-Sat

Susan Sommer-Luarca Fine Art Gallery and Frame Shoppe, 221 Park Central South, exhibits a large body of Susan’s work in originals and fine giclee, museum prints. Susan is an internationally known and widely acclaimed artist with the honor of being Official Artist for the U.S. Olympic Team, Beijing. Official Triple Crown Horse Racing Artist and Artist for the 2008 Super Bowl, Susan also paints LIVE at many nationally televised events. (417) 866-4ART (4278)

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